«It is a truth universally acknowledged that any party seeking power in this country must first pay obeisance to Rupert Murdoch. Gifts must be laid at his feet, however humiliating that may be to the party in question» Polly Toynbee, Guardian Journalist
For the last 3 years I've been writing a few articles on Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation commercial manipulative strategy to sell news as a 'soap opera' where investigative, factual journalism reporting real events has no place.
That is exactly what has happened on the Madeleine McCann case in several media belonging to Murdoch's totalitarian media empire; indeed from 2007 to 2008 it was very rare to find an unbiased report that was not just a mere copy paste of a press release with vested interests repeated ad nauseum in Murdoch's Sky News, The Sun, News of the World, The Sunday Times, The Times, etc, and in the British media mainstream.
A journalist wrote at the time on the matter of the British media feeding its viewers with the 'McCann Case Show': «We are constantly reminded of one purported fact: These are “good” people. Dad (Gerry) is a heart specialist. With mother, Kate, almost as equally photogenic as her daughter, there is no reason to doubt the script. They are an ideal British family touring a country in a manner reminiscent of American tourists in pre-Castro Havana. Then the icing on the cake: they are regular churchgoers, and the media crowd the pews with them. Even Sir Richard Branson has agreed to fund the McCanns in the hope they get a “fair” legal hearing.»
But back to Murdoch, bit by bit, this man and his corporation have attempted, successfully, to lower our standards where they matter. He is not alone, he was followed by editors and media moguls all over the world who decided to give us 'diverting and entertaining' news instead of hard facts - solely with three purposes: to alienate us from reality, to hide the truth of what is really happening behind the scenes and to sell us their products. They fill our minds with everything and anything, as long as it serves and sets their own agendas.
Murdoch a man that inflamed national tensions between Portugal and Britain since 2007 solely for the purpose of ratings and commercial profits, a man that has created presidents and obliterated prime ministers, a man that has resorted to use criminal and illegal tactics like phone hacking to get 'better scoops' and inside info - in a country where seemingly no one regulates media monopolies and ensures that the public interest is served; has now gone a step too far.
Marking a steep downward path in journalistic ethics and values, and showing yet again how the concentration of media ownership is a grave threat to democracy we have now the absolute certainty that Murdoch's massive and extreme right-wing media organisation has published a forged document designed to induce a particular bias against Iran.
According to an Inter Press Service article published yesterday, CIA has concluded that "a document published recently by the Times of London, which purportedly describes an Iranian plan to do experiments on what the newspaper described as a "neutron initiator" for an atomic weapon, is a fabrication."
"Philip Giraldi, who was a CIA counterterrorism official from 1976 to 1992, told IPS that intelligence sources say that the United States had nothing to do with forging the document, and that Israel is the primary suspect. The sources do not rule out a British role in the fabrication, however.
The Times of London story published Dec. 14 did not identify the source of the document. But it quoted "an Asian intelligence source" - a term some news media have used for Israeli intelligence officials - as confirming that his government believes Iran was working on a neutron initiator as recently as 2007.
The story of the purported Iranian document prompted a new round of expressions of U.S. and European support for tougher sanctions against Iran and reminders of Israel's threats to attack Iranian nuclear programme targets if diplomacy fails (...)
The Rupert Murdoch chain has been used extensively to publish false intelligence from the Israelis and occasionally from the British government", Giraldi said.
The Times is part of a Murdoch publishing empire that includes the Sunday Times, Fox News and the New York Post. All Murdoch-owned news media report on Iran with an aggressively pro-Israeli slant. (you can read the rest of the article here)"
Now that Murdoch's deliberately calculated lies and innuendos were exposed (again) it's time for the mainstream media to stop contravening the standards of journalism and democracy and to accurately report the facts, or else, we might end up having another case of Weapons of Mass Deception.
And while at it, maybe it would be good to report fairly on other cases.
All that the sharpest critics of democracy have alleged is true, if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news. Incompetence and aimlessness, corruption and disloyalty, panic and ultimate disaster, must come to any people which is denied an assured access to the facts. Walter Lippmann, American writer & journalist
Related: Pdf Iran's nuclear trigger: the forged document in full